I am the world’s laziest person when it comes to skincare. It has never been a priority for me—until I learned about toxins much later in life. I was lucky to be born with my Grandma’s great skin and I am thankful for that, but I no longer take it for granted.
I have learned a lot through my education and even more from those in the responsible skincare and cosmetic industry. I did not just take what they said as “the word”. I am one of those who takes what I am told then I do my own research. I am here to tell you that it does matter what you put on your skin, in your mouth, and your lungs.
It’s not just one or the other, but a combination of what you eat, apply to your body, and the air you breathe. Skincare happens at a cellular level, which starts:
- The minute you swallow food and digestion begins
- Simply by washing your face or body with soap
- During the application of lotions or make-up to any part of your body
- By simply breathing the air outside, especially in a crowded city
- When you sit on or wear fabric that has been treated or washed with chemicals
See, no matter where the toxins come from—diet, make-up, lotions, soap, forest fires, pesticides, disinfecting wipes, car exhaust, microwaving in plastic—even the carpet, laminate floorboards, and the sofa we sit on, our liver has to process it and store the toxins in our fat cells so our bodies do not become overwhelmed. Visualize our fat cells as little barrels that store toxins in our bodies. That does not sound too good, does it?
There are thousands of industrial compounds that are made for our food system—mostly to make it addicting or give it a super long shelf life as well as used in lotions, soaps, and perfumes. Now we expect our livers to work overtime to store the toxins so our body does not succumb to the environmental toxicity over time.
Why would it store these toxins in our bodies?
The body is designed to keep us in a state of balance (homeostasis) as long as it can. If it cannot excrete all the toxins from our body as it processes them, it stores them in the fat cells to not overwhelm our body. Over time, that backup system becomes overwhelmed as well.
I am sure you have heard of diet-resistant fat. In my humble opinion from all my reading, I truly believe the body is not releasing the toxins until it is safe to handle it, so it holds on to the fat cells for sheer survival. If we have high blood pressure and inflammation for instance, can the body take another assault? When we have too many factors that increase inflammation in our body, a cascade of events begins to happen to our health. It can start with one problem that seems alone to be minor but left unaddressed, other negative health results will follow.
Over prolonged exposure, liver damage and inflammation can occur. This is quite complicated, and my goal is to keep this blog easy to understand so let’s just leave it at this—too many chemicals in or on our body is damaging our liver, which is the organ that does so many amazing things to keep us alive and in balance. Trust me, you want this liver to last you a long time!
Let’s be realistic, it would be impossible to live toxin-free, but there are some things you can do. Take control of what you can and let your body do the rest. At least you have lessened the toxic load on your liver and body overall. In this case, less is more!
What can you do?
The advice I would give you is this:
- Buy organic produce or at the very least avoid the Dirty Dozen and buy the Clean 15 produce items whenever possible.
- Eat animal protein that is organically raised whenever possible. Remember that what they eat does end up in our bellies and then throughout our bodies.
- Stay away from oils that have been industrialized like canola, corn, vegetable, margarine, and other seed oils. Instead use good old-fashioned butter, extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil, avocado oil, and lard…yes lard, like your Great Grandma did. She was right!
- Enjoy pasture-raised organic eggs like Happy Eggs, which can be found at most chain grocery stores. Chickens are not vegetarians and naturally hunt for grasshoppers, flies, worms, and whatnot. They LOVE their insect protein. Look for the words pasture-raised or free-range and organic on the label. There are a lot of quality options out there—even in the city.
- Purchase cosmetics from a reputable source like Pure Confidence Minerals that is organic and gluten-free, without compromising quality or spending a ridiculous amount of money too. Oh, and environmentally responsible when it comes to packaging and refills!
- Although lovely to smell, avoid artificially scented lotions, shampoo, and soap whenever possible. Instead, use soap and body/face lotion from a quality soap maker like Alo Goods who specializes in soaps, lotions, and even toothpaste made with natural ingredients. The owner even goes as far as sustainable packaging for her products.
- Don’t go jogging in the toxic air during a forest fire, use the treadmill instead.
- Stop using room fresheners and aerosols, it’s ok if the room does not smell like spring rain.
- Google and you will find many options for laundry detergent and other cleaners that are as clean and natural as possible.
It boils down to this:
Do what you can to help your liver do what it can for you. After all, you are all the other have…without one, there is not the other! And as an added bonus, your skin will improve, and over a period of time and repair, you will like what you see in the mirror.
- For more detailed information on toxins in our environment, check out this article by Dr. Tracy Woodruff, the former senior scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency.
- The hyperlinks for products provided are for your convenience. I like sharing the quality products I use and I am not a paid endorser for any products I have linked to in this blog.